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Tenenbaum Case Opens in Massachusetts

On July 31, 2009 By

In 1997, Charles Nesson and Jonathan Zittrain founded the Berkman Center for Internet & Society. A research center focusing on legal study of the Internet, notable fellows have included Jimbo Wales, Larry Lessig, John Perry Barlow, and Yochai Benkler. The Center has recently transcended academia to defending an admitted filesharer in the ongoing war against […]

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A federal court held last week that Jammie Thomas-Rasset, a Minnesota single mother of four, must pay $1.92 million in damages to record companies for illegally downloading 24 songs from online file-sharing services.

The verdict actually marks the end of Thomas-Rasset’s second trial. The first had ended in a much smaller judgment of […]

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Although lawsuits by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) against Internet users suspected of illegal file-sharing have gained widespread publicity in recent years, people seeking to share and download free music online may soon face a new type of obstacle.

The Obama administration recently expressed its intention to continue the Bush-era policy […]

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It seems that the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) has finally learned the lesson that rampant litigation has a tendency to rack up more costs than are justified by the potential award of damages. In the RIAA’s five-year-long crusade against illegal uploaders of copyrighted music on the Internet, it […]

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RIAA Backs Off from Suing Individuals…But Why?

On December 24, 2008 By

Just in time for the holidays, the Recording Industry Association of America announced it will cease filing new lawsuits against individuals it suspects of downloading and redistributing music.

While the RIAA says it will continue with lawsuits already filed, new ones have not been filed since August. This move comes after 5 […]

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A New Campus Crusade

On November 19, 2008 By

The battle between the music industry and people who share songs online has received much attention in recent years. While many believed the controversy subsided with the reformatting of Napster and the enactment of the Digital Theft Deterrence and Copyright Damages Improvement Act of 1999, a new front has emerged. Leading the charge is a […]

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Wal-Mart: Don't Stop Believin'

On June 15, 2008 By

The music world had a mild blowup when Radiohead announced that the recently-completed album In Rainbows would be released worldwide on its website in October 2007. Those seeking to download the album could pay whatever price they saw fit.

Such a release was unprecedented at the time – Radiohead did not […]

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